Five Greater Toronto Bookstores to Visit This Spring

Councilwoman Jen Vasic and teacher Natasha Steer, above, were high school friends, but grew even closer when they started writing together a few mornings a week Inspired by the book “How to Resist Amazon and Why,” by Danny Caine, the couple wanted to do something to help support local bookstores. So they started a blog, Bookstore Love, about unique places to delight in books in the GTA and beyond.

“It’s a way to meet the people behind the paper — the owners, the customers, the authors — and learn some of the ins and outs of running a bookstore,” says Vasic. “As writers,” Steer says, “we both like to tell stories. So we merge these experiences together: our friendship, our books, our independent bookstores and our stories. »

The couple soon plan to offer book curation services, whether it’s choosing the perfect wedding favors or laying out a ledger shelf for a business.

“Books evoke curiosity and compassion in us,” Steer says. “I think they make us better people. Books also provide us with opportunities for insight and reflection and enable us to consider different perspectives and points of view.

Want to explore a new world? Here are a few bookstores that Steer and Vasic say are worth looking up.

GENRE Books

“TYPE Books has a carefully curated and engaging selection of books, including an excellent children’s section. Like most booksellers, they are also great at providing book recommendations. —vase

Another list of books, 779 Bathurst Street

“(This) black-owned business that focuses on books about black experiences and culture. The charming owners, husband-and-wife team Miguel and Itah, have a vibrant and close community that has rallied around them to maintain this important bookstore and cultural center through turbulent times. —To manage

Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock Street West, Uxbridge

“Cosy and colorful – there’s just something about it. Blue Heron is great at ordering any books they don’t have on hand so if I’m looking for something specific they make sure I have it. —To manage

Glad Day Bookstore, 499 Church Street

“Books are an important gateway to providing us with the information we need to embark on actions that create social change. Glad Day Bookshop plays an important role in this regard as Canada’s first gay-focused bookstore and the oldest gay bookstore in the world. —vase

willow books, 239 Queen Street, Port Perry

“There’s something about wandering aisle upon aisle of pre-loved books, never knowing what gems you might find. am your tour guide.’ The owner David is incredibly helpful and always ready for a chat.To manage

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